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I have two Internet channel and Gateway on freebsd. When I switch channel with the command route change default chan2, the command netstat -nr shows changed default route. But traceroute shows that the packets go through the old route chan1.


$netstat -nr 
Routing tables Internet: Destination Gateway  Flags    Refs   Use  Netif Expire
                         default US 0 8432    em3

$sudo route change default 
change net default: gateway>

$netstat -nr
Routing tables Internet: Destination Gateway Flags Refs Use  Netif Expire
                         default   US  2  16450  em3


$ traceroute
traceroute to (, 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
 1 (  0.527 ms  0.415 ms  0.483ms

All works if I run the following combination:

$sudo route del default

$sleep 10

$sudo route add default

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What version are you running (uname -a should show)? – Chris S Jul 9 '13 at 14:45
FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE #0: Fri Apr 15 12:45:40 MSD 2011 amd64 – Taron Jul 9 '13 at 16:38
The gateway in your first routing table and the first hop in your traceroute aren't the same (.53 vs .54) - did you copy and paste or re-type this? Can you also post the full output of netstat -rnf inet? – James O'Gorman Jul 10 '13 at 7:52
traceroute running from my GW (.54), .53 is IP first provider`s device. – Taron Jul 10 '13 at 10:33
Clear the ARP cache arp -d -a and/or routing tables route flush before adding the new default route. Possibly the kernel/user space is consulting stale data. – inetplumber Sep 8 '13 at 20:11

If you use route change command, you need to restart network service to apply the changes, e.g.:

$ sudo /etc/rc.d/netif restart
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